The Rwanda Conference should able to address the following youth issues
1. Access to finance---FAO, AU and UN to ensure country's has Budget allocation ( Youth Enterprise development fund) for youth in agriculture and Agribusiness
2. Land ownership- Access and own land for Agricultral activities to mainstream in Government development blueprints
3. Ensure good trade facilitation policies of government that will encourage export of products and services
Hello Justin Chisenga,
Follow up to the question to Further ask ''How many of 200 registered members are on Agriculture
For bearly just two years in operations, we have registered 200 enterprises ( MSMEs) in Agribusiness, Tourism and ICT.
63% of these are on Agriculture (Poultry farming, Cashew farming, food process, livestock farming etc)
May I also inform you, that Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce will be organising the second edition of National Youth Agribusiness and tourism Expo in the Gambia in October, 2018 , targeting over 200 Gambian Youth enterprises , and 75% of these participants will be those in Agriculture/ Agribusiness and 25% on Tourism and other sICT services.
We are open for partnership anytime.
I came from the Gambia, where more 60% of our population is young people, and Agriculture is leading employer and contributor of our GMDP ( 20-25), However the youth unemployment rate has gone to 38% and youth are not been very interested in the sector. This sector is predominant dominated by women.
In my view and from experience, African Governments, FAO and other partners must invest more in Agriculture, and we must finds ways to make Agriculture SEXY, attractive to youth of our African continent.
Our government have not yet leverage on the youth population of our continent, and this has end to many of our youth losing focus and hope in our leaders.
In my Country, I have led the establishment of first ever Youth Chamber of Commerce in 2016, now has a registered membership of over 200 youth enterprises. We are currently implementing a four year project under the EU and has 7 partner organisation working with Youth in business.